Maria Calabria

NILES – Maria Calabria, 95, of Niles died 8:39 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, at Vista Center at The Ridge in Mineral Ridge.

She was born Aug. 4, 1921, in Gioiosa Marea, Sicily, Italy, the daughter of Ignazio and Angela Mollica Cortuillo, and came to the United State in 1955 to live with her sponsors, Frank and Thelma Calabria.

She was employed for 11 years at The Penn-Ohio Towel Co., a homemaker, member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Niles, enjoyed cooking, playing cards, and traveling back to Italy.

Her husband, Giuseppe Calabria, whom she married July 10, 1941, died Feb. 23, 2002.

She will be deeply missed by a son, Rosario (Rosa) Calabria of Massillon; a daughter Mary Rose (Thomas) Benton of Berlin Center; three brothers, Filippo (Nina) Corturillo of Lordstown, Tindaro (Maria) Corturillo of Catania, Italy, and Joseph Corturillo of Niles; a sister, Carmela Natoli of Sicily, Italy; six grandchildren, Joseph Calabria, Carmen Calabria, Rosario Calabria, David (Priscilla) Benton, Stephanie (Scott) Kline and Steve Benton; and four great-grandchildren, Miranda, Vivian, Oliver and Jorja.

She was preceded in death by an infant son, Ignazio Calabria , and three sisters, Maria, Giuseppa and Tindara.

Friends may call 8 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at The Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home in Niles. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Niles, preceded by a 9:30 a.m. prayer service at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Pineview Cemetery.

Material contributions can be made to The Masco School in care of the funeral home.

Arrangements are being handled by The Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home in Niles. Family and friends can light a candle, sign the guest book, and send e-mail condolences at

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